SSI: Towable Sales Climb 4.5% For 10 Months

December 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable sales ticked up slightly for the first 10 months of 2018 as overall retail registrations rose 4.5%. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Travel trailer sales climbed 4.6% for the 10 months. Fifth-wheel registrations rose 6.2% through October. Folding camping trailer sales dropped 11.4% for the 10 months. Park model RV sales edged up 2.6% through October. Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader for the 10... Read more

EHG Acquisition, Expansion Impact Thor 1Q

December 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. today (Dec. 6) announced a 23.1% decline in net sales during its first quarter while net income fell to $14 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, from $128.4 million, or $2.43 per share, in the prior year quarter. Revenue totaled $1.76 billion during the period compared with a record $2.2 billion a year ago, including a 21% decline for the Elkhart, Ind.-based company’s towable segment and 23.9% for the motorized segment. Thor said that first-quarter fiscal 2019 financial... Read more

MARVAC Event Offers RVX & SSI Overviews

December 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA’s Liz Crawford offers detailed preview of RVX during MARVAC event Saying it’s all about “selling more RVs,” Liz Crawford, senior vice president of trade shows and events for the RV Industry Association (RVIA), stated the case for “RVX: The RV Experience” to about 15 Michigan RV dealers in a special event Tuesday (Dec. 4). The presentation, which was hosted by the Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds (MARVAC) at the organization’s offices in Okemos, Mich., also featured... Read more

Patrick Finalizes LaSalle Bristol Acquisition

December 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Arran Isle Inc. and subsidiaries, including its LaSalle Bristol operations from Arran Isle Ltd. According to a news release, LaSalle Bristol is a supplier of plumbing, flooring, tile, lighting, air handling, and building products to the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing and markets.   The purchase price was approximately $54 million, including working capital of approximately $34 million. Elkhart,... Read more

RVB All-Industry Party Culminates RV of Year

November 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Guests gather at RVB All-Industry party A good time was had by all at the RVBusiness All-Industry Elkhart Party, held Thursday (Nov. 29) at Luchesse’s Italian Restaurant, a charitable event that was preceded by the taping of the RVBusiness RV of the Year Awards Show by “Rollin’ on TV” at the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). This marks the first year RVB has hosted its All-Industry... Read more

Curtin: Shipments Will Decline Slightly in 2019

November 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Curtin RV shipments will be down slightly in 2019, according to a new forecast prepared by longtime RV industry analyst Richard Curtin, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center. In his latest quarterly RV RoadSigns newsletter, Curtin projects total RV shipments in 2019 to range between 439,800 and 466,000 units with the most likely total to be 453,200 units, representing an annual decline of 5.4%. RV shipments are expected to total 479,000 in 2018, which is a decline... Read more

‘Campers Inn’ Acquires 2 Alabama Dealerships

November 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jacksonville, Fla., multilocation dealer Campers Inn RV announced it has acquired Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Ala., and Southern RV Wholesale in Huntsville, Ala.  “We have been honored to be part of the RV community here in Alabama,” said Marty Shea, Madison RV Supercenter and Southern RV Wholesale owner, in a press release. “We are grateful to all of our customers, and we are proud of all the hard work our team has put in over the years. We believe that Campers Inn RV,... Read more

RVIA: Shipments Down 11% for Oct, 1.1% YTD

November 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) October survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments finished the month with 43,568 wholesale shipments, a decrease of 11% from the 48,926 units shipped last October. Compared to September 2018, shipments grew 40.7%. Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 38,759 units for the month, a decrease of 10.5% compared to last October’s towable RV shipment total of 43,294. Motorhomes ended October with 4,809 shipments to retailers, down... Read more

‘The Wright Guide’ Growing Publishing Legacy

November 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite officially turning over his publishing company The Wright Guide LLC to his son and daughter-in-law in 2015, Don Wright continues to have a hand in day-to-day operations. “I’m supposed to be semiretired since turning over our books and publishing company to my son, Thad, and daughter-in-law, Joyce,” said Wright, the former co-publisher of newsletter “RV EXTRA!” and the consumer magazine RV Lifestyle. “But I update books for them on a consistent basis and still work about... Read more

RVIA’s Wald Stepping Away for Life on the Road

November 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Matt Wald Matt Wald, the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) vice president of strategic business initiatives who has helped spearhead development of the nascent RV Technical Institute, announced his resignation from the national trade association – effective Jan.17, 2019. Wald and his wife, Lisa, plan to travel internationally for the time being as “digital nomads” who will continue to cultivate Lisa’s growing Amazon-based online retail business while Wald plans to provide remote... Read more

Skyline Champion Unveils Joint Display at KOA

November 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Skyline Champion park model kitchen Among the busy displays at last week’s 2018 KOA Convention & Expo, Nov. 12-15 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas, was a precedent-setting exhibit in which Skyline Champion Corp. – a new company formed June 4 by the combination of former competitors Skyline Corp. and Champion Home Builders Inc. — showcased the firm’s park model RVs in a joint display for the first time. And as the integration proceeds for the new publicly-held manufacturer... Read more

RV Country Breaks Ground for 8th Dealership

November 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Curt Curtis RV Country, formerly Paul Evert’s RV Country, just broke ground on a new sales and service facility in Sparks, Nev., representing the company’s eighth selling location in addition to a stand-alone service facility. “We just started last Monday so the crew is out there moving dirt now as we build this dealership from the ground up,” said Curt Curtis, president and owner of the chain. “It will have 10 service bays, a parts department and a good-sized sales lot with... Read more

RVB’s Big Day: TV Show & An Industry Party

November 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Call it RVB’s “Big Day” — Thursday, Nov. 29. First up at 3-5:30 p.m. is the taping of the “RVBusiness RV of the Year Award” show produced by “Rollin’ On TV” at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. — a four-year-old show hosted before a studio audience in which RVB Managing Editor Rick Kessler and ABC 57 news and sports anchor Alison Hayes showcase Forest River’s Vengeance Touring Edition 385FKS fifth-wheel... Read more

RVDA’s 2018 Con/Expo ‘One of the Best Ever’

November 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA reported attendance was up 16% at Con/Expo (Photo by Shawn Spence) After two compliance seminars this (Nov. 9) morning, the 2018 National RV Dealers Association Convention & Expo will come to a close and, by all accounts, the event has been deemed an unqualified success. Organizers reported attendance rose to 1,600-plus — an increase of 16% over 2017 — and the general consensus among attendees was that it was the “best in years” if not “the best ever.” The Con/Expo, hosted... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Gain 5.2% for Nine Months

November 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable sales were up slightly for the first nine months of 2018 as overall retail registrations gained 5.2% According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Travel trailer sales climbed 5.2% for the nine months. Fifth-wheel registrations rose 7.2% through September. Folding camping trailer sales dropped 11.4% for the nine months. Park model RV sales edged up 2.1% through September. Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader for... Read more

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